You would think so. Acc. to Wikipedia (who knows if this is true):
Joseph Patrick Kennedy “Sr”—the patriarch
“ “ “ “Jr.”—the son who died in the war.
” “ “ “II”—son of RFK, former US congressman. Technically he would be III, wouldn’t he?
And this one is “III” but really should be “IV”. From what I can gather all of the Joes have Patrick for a middle name.
But Joe II is not the son of “Joe Jr”, he’s the son of
RFK. Maybe that is why this is?
For the record THIS Kennedy is a twin, born in 1980; his
brother is Matthew Rauch Kennedy. Joe II’s first wife
was Sheila Rauch...they got the marriage annulled. (Or at
least HE did.)
Actually the dad’s annulment was never finalized - and in fact was overturned - and his new marriage ceremony was civil. The dad cannot receive the sacraments due to his persistent public sin (living in sin when he is still in a sacramental marriage to Sheila Rauch).
Maybe that's why, but also, since Joe Jr died in 1944 in the war, and Joe II was born in 1952 when Joe Sr was still alive, that made him Joe II.
If Joe Jr had survived the war, would Joe II have then been Joe III in 1952? I know it's a silly question for most FReepers, but it is intriguing to me.